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Chinato is a multi regional Italian restaurant focused on traditional, fresh Italian cuisine. Casual friendly and affordable, Chinato is a place where people can enjoy great food, wine, and spirits and experience superior service, all in a comfortable, and inviting atmosphere. Chinato is located on East 4th, in the heart of Cleveland’s premier dining and entertainment district!
Cleveland, OH 44115
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday 11:00am - 10:00pm Thursday-Friday 11:00am-12:00am, Saturday 4:00pm-12:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour @ the bar and in the lounge Monday - Saturday 4:30pm-6:30pm & 9:00pm-close
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Chinato Ratings and Reviews
The service and ambiance were excellent! Servers were extremely attentive and they made my dining experience exceptional. The meal on the other hand was not. My friend had the salmon which was bland and tasted slightly freezer burned. For the price I would have expected something with a lot more taste, vibrant flavors and fresher piece of salmon. I had the hanger steak. The steak was cooked perfectly. The side was some sort of mashed starch medley with potatoes and other root vegetables which resulted in a horrible combination of flavors. I’m not a picky eater ,especially with root vegetables, but it was not edible.
This was my first time here and I was surprised to have such a bad meal. Hopefully it was an off night. As I mentioned earlier the staff is exceptional! Despite the bad food they made my night enjoyable.
Our server (I forgot his name) was so helpful and very honest about what he knew I would like and would not like. He was very knowledgeable and loved answering my thousands of questions. The food was amazing and the chocolate hazelnut moose cake was the perfect ending to the perfect meal. We will be back!
The food is always great here. The problem with our last visit was the service. Not that it was inattentive, but that we felt rushed. This was our Valentine's Day dinner (ahead of the actual day) and we wanted a nice dining experience. As it turned out, no sooner than we sat down, the waiter asked us for our beverage order, and we hadn't even had time to look at the menu or wine list. All told, we were out of the restaurant after just 50 minutes, which included drinks, appetizer and entrée. My partner took a five-second break from his entrée, and the waiter swept in and asked if he wanted it boxed up - another feeling of being rushed out the door. We would have ordered a dessert there, but felt we would give our business to someone else for that part. There were some empty tables in the restaurant, so I don't know why the need to rush us or anyone else.
Chinato is a Cleveland favorite. The food is always out of this world. We had the meatballs and swordfish. Elliot was our server and he was knowledgeable, attentive, friendly, and helpful. The hostess staff was also very kind and even checked my coat. I felt very spoiled.
The restaurant is listed as Italian, but the menu has many other dishes. Most of the Italian dishes are not made in the traditional way, containing a lot of ingredients that I was not familiar with. I ordered linguine with shrimp, but it came out as angel hair pasta with shrimp. Obviously, not the same as described. I don't like angel hair pasta and would not have ordered it. The pasta was clumped together in an unappetizing way. My daughter ordered veal, but it seemed to have some cheese on it that gave the dish a strange flavor. She did not eat it. WE had a cheese board first and that was good. It is located very close to the Q, and that is why we chose this restaurant. In the future, I would try one of the many other restaurants in the area instead.
We suggested Chinato's to our friends because of Zach Bruell's pre fixe special. The only good thing about our experience was our waiter, Elliott. We'd asked to be placed at the quietest table when we made our advanced reservation. Instead of seating us at a booth or a quiet corner we were placed in the middle of a long banquette of tables. Our food was horrible: the tomatoes in our tomato salad where mushy, the swordfish was chewy and the asparagus was acidic. As we were having our coffee and the check was on the table we were told "our reservation time was up" and we'd need to give up our table. We were truly embarrassed that we had recommended Chinato's to our friends.
The service was at best spotty on all levels. The food had dropped in quality and interpretation - it seemed as if Zach has not given the menu a once over in a while chef de cuisine used his own standard to let the courses leave his purview. More is expected of a Bruell restaurant.
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner pre-Cavs game. Though the restaurant understandably was somewhat noisy, crowded, and busy, our waiter gave us cheerful, prompt, and informed service. We arrived and were seated at time of reservation (5:30) and departed at 6:40 in time for the 7 pm game.
The Calamari appetizer was mostly filler and not great, Salad was okay, my entree shrimp pasta something was okay. It was nothing special with small shrimp. My girlfriend had a vegetarian pasta which she really enjoyed. The wine selection was very good and the olive oil cake dessert was also very good. Overall it is okay.
My boyfriend and I are both gluten free. Before we came to the restaurant he called to confirm that there were going to be gluten free options and deserts. The person on the phone acted like he knew what he was talking about and said there were many options for gluten free. We decided on this restaurant because we had the Cavs game at 7:00 He has ciliac disease and when we first got there he told our Waiter that he both were gluten free. He seemed to think it was a bit odd. Then when we were ordering my boyfriend asked about the meal because he said his meal was gluten free, yet there were fries on the menu. So my boyfriend questions about the fries and if they were truly gluten free, and the waiter says yes. He bring his meal, and the fries were fried. He then questions the worse about the fries and if they’re cooked in the same fryer as the normal fries. The waiter responds with yes. My boyfriend then tells him how that is not gluten Free. We then had to wait another 10 minutes while I finished my food for him to get his food back. Once he got his meal back, the chicken breast was so small. I knew that wasn’t even going to be nearly enough for him. (6’5 guy) So after all that was finished, he asks us if we want any desert and my boyfriend respond with is there any gluten free desert The waiter responded the only thing close to that it’s probably berries and yogurt. He wasn’t even sure himself. After all of this happened, my boyfriend was still hungry because what he got was such a small portion that it was not going to fill him. He then spoke to a manager and the manager offered to bring another meal. My boyfriend agreed because he did not want to go to the Cavs game hungry. Because of all this, we were late walking into the Cavs game, and did not leave the restaurant happy at all. I feel if they are going to tell people on the phone that there’s many gluten free options then need to better educate their employers about gluten free food and cross contamination.
The restaurant was very cold, plus the main meal was lukewarm. Plus the main meal was served within a few minutes of the appetizers when it was requested to be spaced. The server stated it was a restaurant policy to space the main meal order request by ten minutes. This was not done that evening. The meals order were the Zuppa and the Risotto.
We were seated downstairs in their overflow area. It was incredibly loud with TVs on the walls. Guests next to us talked loudly into his cell phone for at least 10 minutes. Fine for a sports bar, not a fine restaurant.
With the exception of the gentleman that served the wine, the server and food runners were completely unaware of the menu or how to serve restaurant guests. Normally, I would rave about their food, but this night it was just OK. I have removed it from my list of favorites.
Spotty service. Seems like only few people work while others are physically present. Our waitress was helpful and friendly. Food is just okay despite clear attempts to stand out with the menu items, that aren’t widely available at other places. Desert was excellent though!
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